Quarrymen Gig list for 2016:
June: Sat 11 Barcelona:
Hottest news of the moment is that the Quarrymen have now been joined on bass by Chas Newby. When the Beatles came back from Hamburg at the end of 1960 they left Stuart Sutcliffe in Germany with his new girlfriend, Astrid Kirchherr, so that when the next gigs came their way they were without a bass player. Chas was a school friend of Pete Best and he was quickly recruited into the band and played with them on four occasions before he went back to university. The most famous of these was at Litherland Town Hall on December 27, when the sound that the Beatles had forged in their long hours on stage in Hamburg absolutely blasted the crowd and kicked off Beatlemania.
Chas plays a left handed-Hofner bass, rather like you-know-who, and his musical ability and his gentle sense of humour will prove a great addition to the Quarrymen’s lineup in 2016.
Ex Beatle Chas Newby now playing bass with Quarrymen:
On Sat 23 April the Quarrymen - Len, Colin, Duff, Rod and Chas - played in Alcester near Stratford on Avon for a “Beatles Night” concert at the Alcester Members Club, as well as their set, composed of skiffle and rock ’n’ roll numbers from the fifties, there was also a Meet & Greet with the opportunity to ask questions. The evening was rounded off by a Beatles set from “The Help Band”!
Our planned gig in Barcelona over the weekend of 11/12 June has had to be cancelled due to reasons beyond our control. Apologies go to our Spanish fans whom were hoping to meet again.
July: 1/2/3 Barcelona Beatles Weekend - Len Garry:
April: Sat 23 Alcester (near Stratford on Avon)
Sat 27 August: Beatle weekend Liverpool:
On Sat 27 August as part of the 2016 Beatle Week the Quarrymen will be opening the show at the Royal Court Theatre in Liverpool, following on from their successful performance in 2015. This year’s show is entitled “The Early Years Concert (1957 - 1964). Starting with the Quarrymen, the show moves on to the Hamburg years followed by a huge Merseybeat era set with Billy J Kramer, Mike Pender, Billy Kinsley, Terry Sylvester, Ray Ennis and Karl Terry! What a night that will be!
The Quarrymen will also be doing an Interview followed by a “Meet and Greet” in the Adelphi on Sunday 28 August.
More info from: www.internationalbeatleweek.com
Over the weekend of 1/2/3 July Quarryman Len Garry will be appearing at the Barcelona Beatles weekend with our Finnish guitarist friend Chrisse Usenius.
Gigs played in 2016::
On Jan 7 at the Groucho Club in London’s Soho the author and journalist Hunter Davies, famous amongst Beatle fans for his biographies of both the Beatles and the Quarrymen (and very many more besides) held his 80th birthday party with family and friends. Hunter invited the Quarrymen to come and help him celebrate and Colin, Rod and bassist Chas Newby were able to make it down to London and delighted the assembled guests with their mixture of skiffle and rock ‘n’ roll. The guys have played for Hunter several times previously and it’s always a fun gig. We hope you had a Happy Birthday, Hunter. It certainly looked that way from where we were standing!
Hunter Davies’ 80th birthday party::
Below: The Quarrymen with the guys from The Help Band and promoter Scott Lewis after their gig at Alcester.
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